Roll ups

Smoking roll-ups will still expose you to over 4000 toxic chemicals most of which are poisonous to the body. They carry the same health risks associated with smoking tobacco, such as cancer, heart and lung disease and strokes, with some studies suggesting that people who smoke roll-ups also have an increased risk of cancer of the mouth, larynx (voice box), throat and gullet compared to smokers of manufactured cigarettes.


Cigars are wrapped in tobacco leaves and unlike shop bought cigarettes do not normally have filters. It is reported that a single large cigar can contain more than a ½ ounce of tobacco, which is as much tobacco as an entire pack of cigarettes. One cigar also contains 100-200 milligrams of nicotine, while a cigarette averages only about 8 milligrams. Additionally, cigars contain the same toxins and carcinogens (cancer causing chemicals) found in cigarettes and therefore carry the same health risks. Smoking cigars however do increase the risk of gum disease, tooth loss and cancer of the oral cavity (mouth, throat, lip and tongue).


In pipes, the tobacco often sits in a bowl, with a stem that connects the bowl to the mouthpiece and at times can be equipped with a filter. Although, with a pipe you do not typically inhale the smoke, the same health risks still apply due to there being the same toxins and carcinogens (cancer causing chemicals) present. These health risks include: teeth problems and gum disease, heart disease and lung disease and cancer, in particular oral cancer.


Did you know…

If you have a lung condition, you might feel that you have already damaged your lungs and that there is little point in giving up.

In fact, it is never too late to quit smoking, and giving up could help you to feel a lot better.  If you have a lung condition such as COPD, you are more likely to feel increasingly breathless if you smoke or if you are exposed to second-hand smoke.  Giving up smoking is the most important thing you can do to stop your condition getting worse.

By quitting, you can significantly slow down the speed at which you are losing lung function, and improve your quality of life, and that of those around you.